Health professionals are in an exceptional position to effect change in the area of sexual and reproductive health
How should I say it? What difference will my voice make? Do I need help refining my message?
Read on for the IWHP’s key messages in advocating for safe motherhood and newborn health and sexual and reproductive rights for women everywhere.
Safe motherhood is a matter of social justice: we believe in a rights based approach
The SOGC asserts that a woman's ability to survive pregnancy and childbirth is a basic human right. Canada, as a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and as a society that supports human rights as a tool to create a better world, can do better to ensure that human rights belong to everyone. Make safe motherhood a human rights issue. To die while giving birth is a shameful violation of women’s human rights.
Support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The Canadian government should be encouraged to reinforce its supportive position on sexual and reproductive rights in all international programming in an effort to reach the MDGs. While all the goals are interconnected, MDGs four and five specifically address improving child mortality rates and maternal health. Although Canada has indicated its support for the MDGs, more direct programming and greater accountability is needed. We want to see demonstrated results regarding the ways in which Canada’s support is making a tangible difference in achieving MDGs four and five.
Increase International Development Assistance (ODA)
In 2002, Canada, like many other donor countries, affirmed our commitment at the UN Conference for Development to increase international aid to the UN-recognized figure of 0.7 percent of the country's GNP. Canada's current contribution is less than 0.30%. The Canadian government should be a leader in international development and assistance due to its privileged position, and should commit immediately to reaching its 0.7% GNP commitment.
Invest in Women - It Pays
This was the tagline for the 2nd decennial conference on safe motherhood, Women Deliver. The IWHP agrees that investing in the health of women yields important development results. When women die, nations, communities and families suffer. Children below the age of five face an elevated risk of death if their mothers are dead. It is not only the right thing to do, but it is economically smart to invest in women. We encourage government of all countries to invest in the health of women.
SOGC's recent efforts of advocating for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
2010 G8 Summit
In the lead up to the 2010 G8 Summit, the SOGC participated in numerous advocacy efforts. We were pleased with the participation of our members in raising their voices so that renewed commitment to maternal, newborn and child health was a priority topic discussed at the summit.
United Nations Summit on the MDGs
On September 20-22, leaders met at the United Nations Summit on the MDGs to discuss the state of the goals and how to strengthen coordinated and accelerated efforts for their achievement. The SOGC is supporting advocacy efforts calling on world leaders to increase support and commitment for MDG 5 on improving maternal health during the MDGs Summit.